Consolidated Edison Inc. reconnected a feeder line supplying Metro-North trains, clearing the way for full service to resume 12 days after a power failure snarled commutes between Connecticut and New York City.
Consolidated Edison Inc.’s work to disconnect an electrical cable to accommodate a railroad upgrade project probably caused a power failure that disrupted train travel on Metro-North’s busiest commuter line.
Spot wholesale electricity jumped to a three-week high on the New York grid, sending the premium of Western region to a record over New York City, as unusually warm weather boosted demand while supplies near Buffalo dropped.
The service interruption Metro- North Railroad near New York shows how dependent the busiest U.S. passenger-rail corridor is on electric power and how easily a breakdown in one component can paralyze U.S. infrastructure.
Less than a year after Consolidated Edison Inc. left 900,000 customers in the dark during Hurricane Sandy, the utility faces the wrath of stranded commuters over a power failure that has crippled trains from New York to Boston.
Metro-North Railroad trains filled to capacity on the New Haven Line, with many riders standing, after failure of an electrical cable limited service from Connecticut to New York for as long as three weeks.
Consolidated Edison Inc. was sued by relatives of a New York woman killed during Hurricane Sandy when she was touched by a downed electrical wire that the family claims Con Ed should have shut down before the storm hit.